Posey is a lock to start behind the plate on Opening Day, Kerry Crowley of The San Jose Mercury News reports. Posey elected to sit out the 2020 season after he and his wife adopted a pair of newborn twins. He'll have to shake some rust off heading into his age-34 season, and expectations for him may be somewhat modest given that he produced a career-worst 85 wRC+ in 2019, but he clearly still has his manager Gabe Kapler's trust. 2018 second-overall pick Joey Bart did make his debut last season, but his .233/.288/.320 slash line in 33 games and his 3:41 BB:K suggest he's not quite ready to dethrone Posey just yet.
The Giants placed Posey on the restricted list July 10. The transaction is just a procedural one after Posey announced that same day that he would sit out the 2020 season, citing concerns about how playing amid a pandemic could jeopardize the health of his newborn twins. The Giants are carrying two catchers (Tyler Heineman and Rob Brantly) on the Opening Day roster, but it's unclear if either of the two will act as the clear-cut No. 1 option behind the plate.
Posey announced his decision to opt out of the upcoming season Friday, Andrew Baggarly of The Athletic reports. Posey and his wife are in the process of adopting twins, which has kept him out of camp for the last few days. The twins are stable but were born prematurely and are expected to be in the NICU for some time, so Posey will devote his energies to his family this season rather than take part in the MLB season. Tyler Heineman and Rob Brantly are the Giants' top two catchers in camp at the moment, though 2018 second-overall pick Joey Bart could make his debut at some point this season if the team is comfortable with him making the jump, having played only 22 games at the Double-A level.
Posey missed his third workout in a row Thursday, Alex Pavlovic of NBC Sports Bay Areareports. Manager Gabe Kapler said that Posey is dealing with a personal decision and personal issue right now, according to John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle. The six-time All-Star admitted recently that he's considering opting out of playing this season, but there's no indication that he's made any sort of decision. It remains unclear when Posey is expected back at camp.
Posey wasn't present at the Giants' facility Wednesday to attend to a personal issue, Andrew Baggarly of The Athletic reports. The veteran backstop missed the team's first workout last week while dealing with a personal matter, but he reported to summer training Saturday. Posey said he's considering opting out of playing this season, but there's been no indication he's made any sort of decision. Manager Gabe Kapler was unable to provide further details, so it remains unclear when the 33-year-old is expected back at camp.